The art of the Burgundian Netherlands c. 1360-1480
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB769
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
At the zenith of their powers the Dukes of Burgundy controlled lands covering what is now Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and part of northern France. They were descended from the French royal house of Valois. They reigned from 1384, when Philip the Bold (1342–1404) became the first Valois duke of Burgundy. Their rule ended in 1477, when the duchy of Burgundy reverted to France, and the Netherlands passed to the Habsburg dynasty. Their rule ended in 1477, when the duchy of Burgundy reverted to France, and the Netherlands passed to the Habsburg dynasty. By this time, the art patronised by this duchy had profoundly impacted the art of Europe.
The patronage of the Dukes of Burgundy, their court, and the wealthy merchants who traded from and within their lands inspired some of the most talented artists of the period. The dukes’ vast financial resources created one of the most sophisticated courts in Europe. From 1441, the court was based in Brussels, but the impact of Burgundian patronage, with its taste for luxury goods and display, was widespread, stimulating the arts throughout the region. The Burgundian style spans the so-called International Gothic through to Northern Renaissance.
Court pageantry included ceremonial processions, ducal weddings, court entertainments, banquets and meetings of the Order of the Golden Fleece. All were celebrated with extravagant decorations and grand civic tournaments. Manuscript illumination flourished under the Dukes of Burgundy and provides us with glimpses of Burgundian court ceremony. The pomp and ceremony required by the dukes stimulated local crafts and industries, such as the production of panel paintings, metalwork for armour and weapons, stone sculpture for funeral monuments, gold and silver work, enamels and ivories for everyday and ceremonial objects, and large tapestries.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
· The historical origins of the Valois dukes of Burgundy and their patronage
· Manuscript illumination: what it tells us about the life of the Burundian court
· Sculpture: the Chartreuse de Champmol in Dijon
· The Burgundian Style: in metalwork, tapestry and the decorative arts
· Burgundian artists including Jan van Eyck, Petrus Christus, Hans Memling, and Gerard Davi.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
· Discuss how the Burgundian court used art to consolidate its political influence
· Give two examples of how the lifestyle of the Burgundian Court and its art can be seen in manuscript illumination
· List three elements of the Burgundian style and give examples of their use.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations and instructions on the basic elements of Zoom software, like usage of microphone and camera.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught online with slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.
Before the course begins, you will be sent an email inviting you to join the course’s Google Classroom where the course documents will be stored.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no other costs, but you are advised to bring a notebook to the classes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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Julia Musgrave got her first degree in Chemical Engineering and went on become a Chartered Information Systems Engineer and IT project manager. In 2008 she decided that life was too short for just one career and decided to become an art historian. She has a Graduate Diploma in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MLitt in ‘Art, Style and Design: Renaissance to Modernism, c.1450 – c.1930’ from the University of Glasgow. She gained her Ph.D. at the University of York for her research into the involvement of Roger Fry and the Bloomsbury Group and the social networks of the British art world in the development of the Contemporary Art Society from 1910 to 1939. She is Co-Director of the London Art Salon and an accredited Arts Society lecturer.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.